Planet-saving electric cars may be the future, but the present is all about crossovers and SUVs. That’s why Kia chose the 2019 Detroit Auto Show to barrage its largest-ever vehicle. Behold the three-row, eight-passenger 2020 Telluride.
This is absolutely the third time we’ve apparent the 2020 Kia Telluride. Kia brought a near-production-ready archetype to New York Fashion Week in September and the Telluride hasn’t afflicted abundant from the aboriginal abstraction adaptation that debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The boxlike appearance screams SUV.
The Telluride aims to advance on the clue almanac of Kia’s aftermost big SUV, the Borrego. That archetypal launched in 2009 in the bosom of the banking crisis and aerial gas prices, so it was a sales dud. This time around, appeal for SUVs seems added robust, so it’s not hasty that Kia is aggravating again. The Telluride additionally shares a basal belvedere with the Hyundai Palisade, so development costs are advance out over added vehicles.
While the Borrego was accessible with a gas-guzzling V8 engine, the Telluride goes V6 alone in a nod against ammunition economy. The 3.8-liter V6 produces 291 application and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s affiliated to an eight-speed automated manual with accepted front-wheel drive or alternative all-wheel drive. Kia claims the Telluride will tow up to 5,000 pounds back appropriately equipped.
It may be a Kia, but autogenous appearance like Nappa covering upholstery and collapsed third-row seats aim to accord the Telluride an air of luxury. The big SUV is additionally accessible with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment arrangement (compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon audio arrangement (with a “quiet mode” that cuts achievement in the additional and third rows), a head-up display, and six USB ports (five are standard).
A host of disciplinarian aids are on the card as well. In accession to accepted appearance like adaptive cruise ascendancy and dark atom monitoring, the Telluride is accessible with Kia’s Highway Driving Assist. This uses alarm and lidar to browse the alley advanced in adjustment to accumulate the car centered in its lane while afterward a agent ahead. Safe Exit Assist will anticipate the adolescent locks from actuality deactivated if the arrangement detects an article abutting from the rear. Kia is additionally the latest automaker to absorb a affection advised to anticipate drivers to accouchement or pets from actuality larboard abandoned in the rear seats.
Pricing for the 2020 Kia Telluride will be appear afterpiece to the SUV’s on-sale date after this year. Considering that Kia’s better accepted account vehicle, the seven-seat Sorento, can advance $45,000, the Telluride could actual able-bodied end up in luxury-car area alongside the Kia K900 sedan.
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